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Jaguars hire Mike Mularkey as head coach

Posted on: January 10, 2012 10:13 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2012 11:10 pm
 
By Will Brinson

On Monday we passed along the news that Falcons defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder left Atlanta for the same position at Auburn and wondered if offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey might be out the door also. Well, he is, and he's headed to Jacksonville as the next head coach of the Jaguars.

The Jaguars made the news official on Tuesday night; CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman earlier confirmed a report that Mularkey was set to be hired.

Mularkey will become the third head coach in Jaguars history, and the first under new owner Shahid Khan after interviewing with the Jags on Tuesday.

Mularkey's lone head coaching experience came with the Bills from 2005 through 2007; he resigned in the middle of the 2007 season after the organization hired former Bills coach Marv Levy to work in the front office and the two didn't see eye-to-eye.

He also left the Dolphins early; those two factors led one NFL head coach to tell our Pete Prisco that he "didn't get it" when it came to the Mularkey hire.

On Tuesday, Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden pulled his name out of the running for any head-coaching vacancies; he was considered one of the top candidates in Jacksonville for his work with rookie Andy Dalton.

Mularkey's had similar success with a young signal caller, helping to turn Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan into one of the premiere passers in the league.

The knocks on Mularkey the past few years have been a) conservative play-calling and b) a lack of success in the playoffs.

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He fits the bill in Jacksonville, though, because he's upgrading at running back (Maurice Jones-Drew is significantly better than Michael Turner and much more dynamic), and because the Jaguars would've been a borderline playoff-caliber team in a weak AFC South if they could've mustered any offense.

It's a good move on his part because, as our own Pete Prisco pointed out, there will be plenty of "Falcons fans and some players happy to see him go." Those are the breaks that come with going 0-3 in the playoffs over the course of four years though.

Mularkey's chief job will be working with former first-round pick Blaine Gabbert, who showed promise in 2011 but was submarined by being thrust into a starter's role before he was ready and without any help at wide receiver.

If the organization can make a splash in a deep free-agent market and Mularkey gets a full offseason working with Gabbert, it wouldn't be shocking to see rapid improvement from the Jaguars in 2012.

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Comments

Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 11:52 pm
 

Jaguars hire Mike Mularkey as head coach

Oh, totally dude. It's your JOB (well, your job as a reader anyway) to scream at me when I do stupid stuff like that. I appreciate the ripping, especially on something that silly, and wouldn't expect anything less.

--Brinson



Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 11:50 pm
 

Jaguars hire Mike Mularkey as head coach

Apology accepted Brinson. Understand I'd expect the same treatment if the shoe was on the other foot as well.



Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 11:44 pm
 

Jaguars hire Mike Mularkey as head coach

No, I meant "Wade Phillips is currently interviewing" -- he's the last coach to take the Bills to the playoffs. 1999.

--Brinson (Not Andy)



Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 11:15 pm
 

Jaguars hire Mike Mularkey as head coach

Good one Andy.LOL. However, 2005 to 2007 didn't coincide year wise with Wade Phillips tenure in Dallas either. He coached Dallas from 2007 to 2010.



Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 11:08 pm
 

Jaguars set to hire Mike Mularkey as head coach

Re: playoff appearance, that was my bad. I got my "Wade Phillips is interviewing" stream crossed with my "Mike Mularkey is interviewing" stream and something broke for a second. My apologies.

-- Brinson



Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 11:03 pm
 

Jaguars set to hire Mike Mularkey as head coach

Well Villageidiot, you and the author can pucker up then. I stopped reading the article when I saw the misinformation on his Bills tenure.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 10:59 pm
 

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The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com

Right at the bottom of the page/

Well? I'd call you an idiot, but that might not be fair to Jerry's Kids... 



Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 10:57 pm
 

Jaguars set to hire Mike Mularkey as head coach

By Far not the Best guy out there , but he is the best jacksonville can do rite now... He sure is a huge upgrade over the last jabroni they had coaching!!! Good Luck Jags!




Since: Dec 13, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 10:50 pm
 

Jaguars set to hire Mike Mularkey as head coach

great news for falcons fans!  With a new OC people may change their mind about Matt Ryannext year.
   



Since: Mar 24, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 10:49 pm
 

Jaguars set to hire Mike Mularkey as head coach

Was just about to post the same. The Bills last playoff appearance came under the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man, aka Wade Phillips, the phenomanal Defensive Coordinator, horrible head coach.....and who coincidentally is interviewing for the Tampa Bay job.....quality football coming to the sunshine state. What does it take to be a writer at CBS? i need a job, I think I'm qualified.


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